This fifth stanza is the longest in the psalm, which is a way of showing that these verses are the high point of the composition and the climax of the poem's first half. Several points are particularly worth noting.

The words that begin the third stanza (vv. 7-10), the first of the main body of the psalm, pick up directly from the prologue, for the cry "Arise, O God" was raised when the people finally set out from Sinai on the march to Canaan, which is what these verses describe.

Just as the opening stanzas of this psalm have a long history extending onward to the time of the wars of religion in France and beyond, so also do they have a history moving backward in time. For the opening line at least has its origin in the ancient cry of the setting out of God's people, found in Numbers 10:25.

Each stanza relates something different about God, progressing from God's mighty acts in the past to the present and eventually even to anticipate the future. The psalm's survey of the majestic sweep of God's doings is superb. It is hard to find another psalm to equal it.

The third and final stanza of this psalm is a little bit surprising in one respect, and that is its mention of God causing the land to yield a good harvest (v. 6). Nothing has been said about harvests or any other specific material blessing thus far in the psalm, and we wonder why this seems to be thrown in. The answer is probably that if material blessings are to be thought of at all, the most evident place they can be seen is in an abundant harvest. And the desire of the people is that God will bless them there so that the surrounding nations may see how God provides for a people who love him and seek to walk in his ways.